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Birding Opps: Info for our birding friends. In and near Ottawa you can see these species: Pie-billed Grebe, Ring-billed Gull, Common Goldeneye, Black-capped Chickadee, White-brested Nuthatch, Eastern Bluebird, Sandhill Crane and Great Crested Flycatcher.
Where to go birding around Ottawa (http://ofnc.ca/birding/wheretogo/index.html) is very informative.
NeilyWorld’s Birding Ottawa (neilyworld.com/neilyworld/birdguide.htm) is the most comprehensive guide for birders to Canada’s capital region.
The Ottawa Citizen (neilyworld.com/neilyworld/birdguide.htm) has great stories to keep you up to date.
Alcoholic Beverages: Ontario’s wineries are famous worldwide. Try an award-winning ice wine in the Niagara Wine Region, or take a winery tour in Niagara Region or Prince Edward County.
PublicTransportation: This is your site for public transportation (octranspo1.com/)
Business Information: Here is help in regard to your business: (http://ottawa.ca/en/business-ambassador)
Exchange Rates (http://www.x-rates.com/)
Day One: Your first stop is The Canadian Museum of History – Daily: 9:30-5, Th: till 8, Sa, Su: till 6, 100 Rue Laurier, Gatineau, 1 819-776-7000.
Highlights of the museum include The First Peoples Hall which celebrates the history, diversity, creativity, resourcefulness and endurance of Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.
You will learn about the achievements of contemporary Aboriginal peoples in every aspect of Canadian society — as artists, athletes, writers, soldiers, teachers, political leaders and more.
In the Canada Hall (closed until July, 2017) you can take a stroll through a thousand years of Canada’s rich history and culture.
There is a children’s Museum and an IMAX theater
You can oyster up at The Whalesbone Oyster House – L: M-F, D: Nightly, 430 Bank St, 613-231-8569
After your allotment of oysters for your appetizer we suggest the fish & chips with pickled onion and slaw, the lobster roll with greens, frites and aioli or the steelhead trout with carrots, almonds, parsley and honey.
Chase it down with a dark and stormy. Dessert is their rendition of banana cream pie.
Next you’ll want to visit the National Gallery of Canada – Daily: 10-5, 380 Sussex Drive, 613-990-1985.
The gallery is home to more than 40,000 works of art (by over 6,000 artists) and to a collection of Canadian art, including a large number by the Group of Seven, strong collections of Indigenous, Asian and International works.
European and American Galleries display paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts from the early fourteenth to the late twentieth century.
Displays of Contemporary Art change every three to six months to offer encounters with art created over the past three decades in Canada and abroad.
The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography is also hosted on the premises.
Tonight you’ll have fun at Beckta Dining and Wine – D: Nighlty, 226 Nepean St, 613-238-7063.
For starters Cousin Bernard suggests the heirloom tomatoes with pickled corn relish, celery greens and champagne grapes or the veal sweetbreads with honey mustard, roasted strawberries and mustard greens.
A glass of lillet would be lovely.
For your main Bernie likes the grilled lamb with cauliflower cous cous, broccoli, oranges and beets in a kalamata and black currant sauce or the halibut with red fingerlings, dill,, grilled scallions and leeks.
The ’12 Red Rooster pinot noir is a good match. Dessert is the plum tart with poached cherries and cherry gelato.
Day Two: Elgin Street Diner – 24/7, 374 Elgin St, 613-237-9700 is a good start for today.
Bacon, ham, sausage and eggs how you want them. Home fries, toast, baked beans, coffee and tea for you and yes there is poutine.
The most recognized buildings and the center piece of Ottawa is Parliament Hill and the Parliament Buildings – Hours vary but the tours are free, 111 Wellington St, 613-992-4793
The present buildings that date from 1922 were designed in Modern Gothic Style by John Pearson and Jean Omer Marchand.
The Peace Tower was completed in 1927. It has a 53 bell Carillion that marks each quarter hour and has free concerts daily.
Tours are available for the Senate, the House of Commons and the Library. The grounds have numerous sculptures and the views from the hill are magnificent.
An important feature in Ottawa is the Rideau Canal. To learn more about its importance you should visit the Rideau Canal Visitor Center – May-Sept: 9-4:30, 34 Beckwith South, 613-283-5170
They have four floors of exhibits housed in an 1840’s era water mill.
At Dow’s Lake Pavilion – Daily: 10-8, 1001 Queen Elizabeth Dr, 613-232-1001 you can take sightseeing cruises and rent paddle boats and kayaks.
In the winter it’s a gateway to the world’s longest skating rink.
Another interesting site on the canal is the Bytown Museum – Oct-May: Tu-Su: 10-4, May-Oct: Daily: 10-7, Th: till 8, located on the canal between Parliament Hill and Chateau Laurier, 613-234-4570.
The permanent exhibit focuses on the people who built Ottawa and the Canadians who fought in WWI.
Navarra – L: Tu-F, D: Nighlty, 93 Murray St, 613-241-5500 provides a tasty lunch.
Rene likes the lamb shoulder chilaquiles with salsa and feta, the pan-roasted trout filet with creamed potatoes and pickled onions or the carbonara pasta with pig cheek lardon.
The ’09 Catania tempranillo is the right wine. The lemon curd with almond granola and berries is dessert.
The Canadian Museum of Nature – Daily: 9-6, Th,F: till 8, 240 McLeod St, 613-566-4700.
Their collections include more than 10 million specimens gathered over more than 150 years covering four billion years of Earth’s history.
It features exhibits from the ocean to dinosaurs including a limestone cave and life-size dioramas.
Time for some eye candy at the ByWard Market – Daily: 8-8, Sa,Su: till 6, 55 Byward Market Square.
This is where Ottawa was born. Lt.-Col. John By, the builder of the Rideau Canal, laid out the street plan to accommodate horse-drawn carriages that brought goods to the market.
Today you’ll discover more than 500 businesses selling just about anything that you can think of.
You’ll enjoy a convivial dinner at Gezellig – L & D: Daily, 337 Richmond Rd, 613-680-9086.
The trout gravlax with quinoa, olive puree and pickled shallots or the pork terrine with foie gras, carmelized onions, mustard and cornichon are each great starters.
Pair either with the ’12 “Adams Steps” Riesling.
Your main could be the pork loin with parsnips, zucchini and fingerlings or the Lake Erie pickerel with peach puree, cabbage and grilled corn.
The ’12 Cote du Roussillon Villages is perfect. Dessert is the lemon crème brulee with cherry syrup.
Day Three – Everyone raves about breakfast at Wilf & Ada’s – B & L: Daily, 510 Bank St, 613-231-7959.
The worst thing here is deciding what to order. It’s all good – French toast with apples, raspberries and strawberries, eggs – your way, home fries, baked beans, and on and on.
The Canadian War Museum – Daily: 9-6, Th: till 8, 1 Vimy Pl, 819-776-7000 offers a history of Canada’s warriors.
CWM’s exhibits explain Canada’s military history from earliest times to the present, featuring the experiences of people on the battlefields and at home.
The Museum’s dramatic architecture is a showcase for its art collection of 13,000 pieces and its extensive collection that includes military vehicles and artillery.
The permanent exhibition highlights key events and defining moments in Canada’s military history.
Human conflict is explored through personal stories, art, artifacts, photographs and interactive presentations.
The panoramic Le Breton Gallery houses a Voodoo jet, nineteenth-century artillery pieces, tanks and a wide range of vehicles.
Memorial Hall is designed for rest and reflection. It contains a single lone artifact: the headstone of the Unknown Soldier from the First World War which is directly illuminated by the sun each Remembrance Day, November 11, at 11 a.m.
At The Canada Aviation and Space Museum – Daily: 9-5, 11 Aviation Parkway, 613-993-2010 you will see and learn about their aviation program.
The Museum holds 130 military and civilian aircraft. You can jump into the Redbird to feel the rush of flying high.
The full-motion flight simulator will put you in control as you fly around the Ottawa area.
And, during the warmer months, hop into the circa 1939 open cockpit biplane for a real-life flight around the capital, helicopter rides are also available.
Your mid-day meal is at Fraser Café – L: Tu-Sa: D: Nightly, 7 Springfield Rd, 613-749-1444.
They have a delicious Cobb Salad with a boiled egg, blue cheese, bacon and cucumbers and the duck confit comes with lentils, goat cheese, hazelnuts and carrot puree.
Their pasta dish has tomato, bacon, leeks and parmesan.
The ’09 Stoney Ridge Estate Pinot Noir is a good wine choice. For dessert go with the espresso chocolate torte and vanilla ice cream.
The Canada Science and Technology Museum – Daily: 9-5, 1867 St Laurent Blvd, 613-991-3044 provides a great hands on experience.
The role of the Canada Science and Technology Museum is to help you to understand the ongoing relationships between science, technology and society.
At the Museum you can push buttons, turn dials, and pull levers to experience science and technology first-hand.
You’ll discover exhibits featuring marine and land transportation, astronomy, communications, space, domestic technology and computer technology.
Your last excursion on this holiday is to Gatineau Park – Daily: 10-4, Sa,Su: till 5, 33 Scott Road, Old Chelsea, 819-827-2020.
Places to visit in the park are the Mackenzie King Estate which has guides to direct you to the waterfall trail and the tearoom in the Moorside Cottage.
Depending on the season of your visit, there are lots of activities available.
Restaurant 18 – D: Nightly, 18 York St, Ottawa, 613-244-1188 is your dinner spot.
For your starter try the elk tartar with pickles, mayo and quail egg or the tuna tataki with white soy ponzu, mint and chili oil.
A glass of sparkling Blue Mountain will set it off.
Bernie likes the black cod with carrot puree and sugar snap peas. They are known for their steaks such as the angus rib-eye with shallot jus.
Go for the Painted Rock syrah. Dessert is the lemon semifreddo with cherries and pistachios.
Until next time, best wishes and happy travels,
Dick & Dee Welge
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